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Books in Picture Puffin series

  • Island Boy

    Barbara Cooney

    Paperback (Puffin Books, June 1, 1991)
    The acclaimed author of Miss Rumphius recounts the lives of four generations living on a New England coastal island and the importance of family ties.The youngest and quietest of 12 children, Matthias grew closest to Tibbets Island, learning its secrets through the years. And though in later years he sailed to faraway places, he always returned to the island he loved."Island Boy is certain to be a favorite for family sharing, as well as a must for school and public libraries. Teachers will love it; buy extra copies."—School Library Journal"As encompassing as the portrait of a life depicted in the award-winning Miss Rumphius , Cooney's latest work is an ode to simple acts of daily living."—Publishers Weekly
  • Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs

    Tomie dePaola

    Paperback (Puffin Books, April 3, 2000)
    Tommy is four years old, and he loves visiting the home of his grandmother, Nana Downstairs, and his great-grandmother, Nana Upstairs. But one day Tommy's mother tells him Nana Upstairs won't be there anymore, and Tommy must struggle with saying good-bye to someone he loves. Updated with new, full-color illustrations, this classic story will continue to win the hearts of readers of all ages."Children will want to hear this again and again." --School Library Journal, starred review"A quietly touching story Athat? depicts loving family relationships." --Publishers Weekly
  • A Letter to Amy

    Ezra Jack Keats

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, Aug. 1, 1998)
    Generations of children have read, re-read, and loved Ezra Jack Keats's award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends. Now, for the first time, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, and Goggles! are available in paperback exclusively from Puffin."A master of ingenious collages, Keats has made brilliant variegated pictures."—The Horn BookEzra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was the beloved author and/or illustrator of more than eighty-five books for children.
  • The Lion and the Little Red Bird

    Elisa Kleven

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Feb. 1, 1996)
    From an author whose work is said to “burgeon with joy,” here is a gentle mystery about a silent, gallant lion and a sweetly cheerful bird—two friends who are attracted to each other through the universal language of art. Elisa uses watercolor, gouache, ink, colored pencils, pastels, markers, and crayons to collage this charming and colorful tale. “Illustrated with mixed-media collages so richly colored and textured that readers will want to feel the pages.”—Kirkus Reviews (pointered review) “A sweet and captivating book with gorgeous illustrations. Its story line and artwork both have unusual and unexpected qualities that work together to generate a magical, light mood.”—School Library Journal (starred review) ABA-CBC Children’s Books Mean Business and Kansas State Reading Circle
  • Andy and the Lion

    James Daugherty

    Paperback (Puffin Books, March 1, 1989)
    A Caldecott Honor BookWhile walking to school one day, Andy meets a lion and soon makes a new friend. A tale of gratitude and helping out our neighbors, children of all ages will love this retelling of the classic folktale “Androcles and the Lion.”
  • Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey

    Maira Kalman

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Aug. 4, 2005)
    The John J. Harvey fireboat was the largest, fastest, shiniest fireboatof its time, but by 1995, the city didn't need old fireboats anymore. So the Harvey retired, until a group of friends decided to save it from the scrap heap. Then, one sunny September day in 2001, something so horrible happened that the whole world shook. And a call came from the fire department, asking if the Harvey could battle the roaring flames. In this inspiring true story, Maira Kalman brings a New York City icon to life and proves that old heroes never die.
  • The Frog Prince, Continued

    Jon Scieszka, Steve Johnson

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Sept. 1, 1994)
    After the Princess kissed the frog, he turned into a handsome prince and they lived happily ever after... or "did they?" The Princess can't stand the Prince's froggy habits - the way he hops around on the furniture, or sneaks off to the lily pond. The Prince is unhappy, too, and decides that it would be best if he were changed back to a frog. But finding a witch who will do the job is harder than he expects. They all seem to have other spells in mind...
  • Peepo!

    Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg

    Paperback (Penguin Uk, June 1, 1999)
    During games of peek-a-boo, a baby sees his grandma, father, sisters, mother, and pets playing and working in various parts of the house and outside.
  • The Magic Hockey Stick

    Peter Maloney, Felicia Zekauskas

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Oct. 1, 2001)
    Inspired by a real event, this is the fictional tale of a little girlwhose parents win Wayne Gretzky's hockey stick at an auction. When thechild begins to play with it, she becomes her team's star. Meanwhile,"The Great One" goes into the greatest slump of his career. Realizing he needs the stick more than she does, the girl returns it to him, andGretzky gets over his thousand-goal hump.Peter Maloney andFelicia Zekauskas really did win a Gretzky hockey stick at an auction,and The Great One subsequently did go into a slump. The authors haveturned their adventure into THE book for young sports fans, with cleverrhyming verse, witty pictures, and a heartfelt theme about what it means to give. They will donate a percentage of proceeds from this book tothe New York Presbyterian Hearst Burn Center for Pediatric Burn Care,which held the original auction.American Bookseller made the duo's first book, Redbird at Rockefeller Center, a fall 1997 Pick of the Lists, and called it "reminiscent of Dr. Seuss classics." With The Magic Hockey Stick, they've done it again!
  • A, My Name Is Alice

    Jane E. Bayer, Steven Kellogg

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Oct. 1, 1992)
    A variety of animals parade by in this familiar jumprope alphabet song.The antics never quite quit as a parade of animals sell their wares in this wildly illustrated version of the familiar alphabet ditty and ball-bouncing game. Young readers will delight in meeting such characters as Barbara, the bear with balloons for sale in Brazil; New York Ned, the newt who owns a noodle emporium, and finally the zipper-selling Zambian zebra and zebu, Zelda and Zach.
  • Who Says Woof

    John Butler

    Board book (Puffin, Feb. 25, 2003)
    A wonderfully tactile board book version of John Butler's fabulous Who Says Woof? Five favourite animals are here in all their furry, fuzzy glory, highlighted with beautifully soft flocking, making this book and guessing game a real visual and tactile treat.
  • Crow Boy

    Taro Yashima

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Sept. 30, 1976)
    Winner of a Caldecott HonorA shy Japanese boy having difficulty adjusting to school is misjudged by his classmates. Chibi has been an outcast since that frightening first day of school when he hid under the schoolhouse. Afraid of the teacher and unable to make any friends, Chibi passes his free time alone — alone at study time, alone at playtime, always a "forlorn little tag-along." But when Mr. Isobe arrives, the teacher sees things in Chibi that no one else has ever noticed... "A shy mountain boy in Japan leaves his home at dawn and returns at sunset to go to the village school. Pictures and text of moving and harmonious simplicity." —Saturday Review